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Alembics and "clank"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tupac, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Every time I've heard someone play an Alembic, it had clank. Stanley Clarke is a good example of this, every time he plucks you can hear it smack against a fret. Now obviously clanks are a result of low gauge strings, low action, and hard plucking, but how come no one ever plays it without? Does it sound really bad without it or something, or does the design facilitate it? Any got some sound clips of them playing by the bridge without any fret smackage?
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    Jimmy Johnson is a good example of an Alembic player with a little less aggressive right hand approach than Stanley or Mark King. JJ is a longtime successful LA studio guy with a huge list of credits:

    Solo around 2:40 or so:
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  3. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    I can only speak for myself, but when I turn down the tone knob on my Persuader, it turns into what I wish a P sounded like with the tone turned down: full, dark, and barky.
  4. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    That video was insanely awesome. Great players on all fronts and good bass tone. I think he still had some clack though. You can hear the pops on the higher strings.
  5. jazzyvee


    Aug 11, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I think it's probably due to many players taking advantage of the insanely low action you can get on these basses but as you no doubt know you then have to have a really delicate touch to keep things clean. I think for Stanley it's part of his sound. I also hear the same fret buzz when Marcus Miller plays too.
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  6. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    An alembic doesn't "clank", it sings the sweet "ping" of angles on high.
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